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DaleR
02-05-2013, 01:46 AM
Hey,

Anyone else using one of these? I use one on my U Bass and also now on my new bari. Frees up the left hand and is not so obvious. Good for standing and playing too to add a little support. I got mine from Uke Republic (Mike you are the best!).

Plainsong
02-05-2013, 09:52 AM
I use one from Ukestar on Etsy (not sure if she's still there). The strap buttons on those misi pickup'd Ukes is way too big for a standard strap, and strap makers say "huh?" When you ask about it. The Ukestar is the same idea as the Kiwaya one, only the hook has a tightly woven fabric on it, to be kind to the sound hole. Yeah, they're great. :)

DaleR
02-05-2013, 09:59 AM
Just checked online and got this:

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Lori
02-05-2013, 10:29 AM
I use one from Ukestar on Etsy (not sure if she's still there). The strap buttons on those misi pickup'd Ukes is way too big for a standard strap, and strap makers say "huh?" When you ask about it. The Ukestar is the same idea as the Kiwaya one, only the hook has a tightly woven fabric on it, to be kind to the sound hole. Yeah, they're great. :)
I offer a Uke Leash Guitar Style strap with a larger amp/button hole option. Also I have the same available for the Uke Leash Strap Button Adapter. So far, I seem to be the only one making straps that can accommodate the the larger amp pins. See links in signature.

–Lori

Plainsong
02-05-2013, 10:35 AM
I have the same pattern as the one reviewed here. (http://www.gotaukulele.com/2011/04/ukestar-ukulele-strap-review.html) It's tough on Etsy these days with the company turning a blind eye to huge resellers as they squeeze out everyone else, and now Regretsy isn't around to call Etsy on their BS...

But you see it's a similar idea to the Kiwaya one.

SeattleSean
02-05-2013, 12:24 PM
I bought a Kiwaya KTC-1 a month ago and got a strap at the same time. I don't use it too often since I usually play whilst sitting, but I like it and it works well. Kiwayas are very light and I worry a little bit like it might fall off, but it never does.

cantsing
02-05-2013, 12:39 PM
I offer a Uke Leash Guitar Style strap with a larger amp/button hole option. Also I have the same available for the Uke Leash Strap Button Adapter. So far, I seem to be the only one making straps that can accommodate the the larger amp pins. See links in signature.

For anyone thinking about doing business with "Uke Leash Lori," she is excellent to deal with. I bought a Uke Leash shortly after I got my first ukulele, and then later bought an adapter to convert it to a full strap. Both transactions were painless, and the Uke Leash is a great product.

Plainsong
02-05-2013, 06:37 PM
Yeah she designed and sells a great product, and is awesome to buy from, but I'm looking for more strap character, and those adapters are only for her straps, very understandably.

TheCraftedCow
02-05-2013, 10:43 PM
I have been The Crafted Cow for 35 years. Ten full years was custom leather crafting and a full time shoe repair business. Twenty-six of it has been leatherwork and upholstering anything that will hold still long enough to cover it. For those who need a larger hole for a larger button, get a piece of thin wall tubing with the inside diameter the size of the neck of the button. The neck is the part between the instrument and the flange. Grind the outer edge of one end of the tubing until it is sharp. You have just made your own hole punch, so put it over the hole which is too small, and with a block of wood under the strap, hit the other end of the tubing with something until it cuts a larger hole. You can enlarge the slit about 1/8 of an inch at a time until it goes over the flange. It is easier to make two or three short cuts than to try to do something about one cut which is too big.

For those with a conventional oO uke shape, check out MOBIUS STRAP on Flea Market Music Bulletin Board. It requires no button, and it hold the ukulele secure so you can let go with both hands. It supports the weight of the body, and does not attach to the neck.

DaleR
02-06-2013, 05:25 AM
http://liveukulele.com/reviews/mobius-ukulele-strap/
http://liveukulele.com/wp-content/uploads/StrapInUse.jpg

That is very cool too!

chillywilly
02-06-2013, 05:35 AM
What do you think the Mobius will do to the finish?

Lori
02-06-2013, 07:37 AM
Any strap that touches the sound board could affect the tone of your uke. A hook also might put too much pressure on the thinnest part of your ukulele. If you're amplified, it probably won't affect the sound.

–Lori

DaleR
02-06-2013, 07:55 AM
I guess it just depends what you want to do with the strap. I just want to free up my left hand and like the Kiwaya because it is less obvious, and looks cool too I think.

Plainsong
02-06-2013, 01:38 PM
Well you're not putting all your weight on that hook in the sound hole. I fail to see how minute pressure changes the frequency response. I really don't think it does. And it certainly won't damage the uke unless you're just leaning on the thing and who does that?

Brad Bordessa
02-06-2013, 05:42 PM
Any strap that touches the sound board could affect the tone of your uke. A hook also might put too much pressure on the thinnest part of your ukulele. If you're amplified, it probably won't affect the sound.

–Lori

I didn't find the Mobius to change the tone at all on my 'ukulele. Pretty much everything about it was brilliant.

teruterubouzu
02-06-2013, 05:54 PM
Has anyone tried the straps made by Souldier (http://souldier.us/CustomUkuleleStraps.aspx)? I see that HMS carries the plain webbing ones, but I want something more fun and on their site they have all sorts of vintage fabric and other fun choices.

jwieties
02-06-2013, 06:07 PM
Has anyone tried the straps made by Souldier (http://souldier.us/CustomUkuleleStraps.aspx)? I see that HMS carries the plain webbing ones, but I want something more fun and on their site they have all sorts of vintage fabric and other fun choices.

I have one of the souldier straps, which I ordered directly from the company. Fully customizable for color and fabrics. I really wanted to like the strap. It is well made and looks cool. Unfortunately, I couldn't tolerate the preasure it put on my neck. I ended up taking it apart and sewing it back together in a sling style. It is much more comfortable and works well. Based on my experience, I would strongly recommend this strap as an affordable, comfortable and effective strap.
http://www.amazon.com/Neotech-8001912-Simple-Sling-Black/dp/B0079KQEOK

itsme
02-06-2013, 07:57 PM
Well you're not putting all your weight on that hook in the sound hole. I fail to see how minute pressure changes the frequency response. I really don't think it does. And it certainly won't damage the uke unless you're just leaning on the thing and who does that?
The sound hole bears the weight of the uke. I wouldn't recommend it for a solid top.

bazmaz
02-06-2013, 08:33 PM
The sound hole bears the weight of the uke. I wouldn't recommend it for a solid top.

Agreed. As a support - fine, but you need to be totally in touch with what the hook is doing and dont rely on it for much more.

I personally won't use them, don't like the idea of the pressure on such a thin piece of wood.

Plus, when gigging, I like hands free between songs so go with full strap. Large strap buttons can be accommodated - Kala solid acacia one is enormous - I just punched out larger hole on strap end

itsme
02-06-2013, 08:52 PM
I personally won't use them, don't like the idea of the pressure on such a thin piece of wood.
Same here. You can't go hands free or it will tumble. It also doesn't support the neck angle at all.

If you want the best in neck support and being able to take your hands off the uke without it falling, a "real" strap is your best option. Installing a strap button is no big deal, or most shops will do it for you pretty cheap.

I always play sitting down, so a strap has never really been an issue for me. I mostly play tenors and can balance one on my leg.

TheCraftedCow
02-06-2013, 09:55 PM
My only gripe about the mobius strap system is that I didn't think of it! It puts less pressure on the top than what we do when we rest our arm on it to keep from dropping it. That procedure also jams the back of the uke against the body, and any vibration from the back is also severely dampened..if anyone really wants to get the full sound from any fretted instrument, it gets a strap and the neck is angled away so there is minimum contact with the back.

I have a strap which is patterned after a saxaphone strap. The "girth strap" is a leather boot lace. The holes on the part against my body give variation of how high or low---different body sizes---with minimum contact around both sides and across the waist.

teruterubouzu
02-07-2013, 01:42 AM
I have one of the souldier straps, which I ordered directly from the company. Fully customizable for color and fabrics. I really wanted to like the strap. It is well made and looks cool. Unfortunately, I couldn't tolerate the preasure it put on my neck. I ended up taking it apart and sewing it back together in a sling style. It is much more comfortable and works well. Based on my experience, I would strongly recommend this strap as an affordable, comfortable and effective strap.
http://www.amazon.com/Neotech-8001912-Simple-Sling-Black/dp/B0079KQEOK

Thanks - I will scratch that one off the list.

Plainsong
02-07-2013, 02:11 AM
Thanks - I will scratch that one off the list.

Well it depends. Have you ever played a sax or can imagine playing one? An alto sax is way heavier than a uke around the neck. Jwieties found a way to make it better for him, but it may not bother you.

Plainsong
02-07-2013, 02:14 AM
Agreed. As a support - fine, but you need to be totally in touch with what the hook is doing and dont rely on it for much more.

I personally won't use them, don't like the idea of the pressure on such a thin piece of wood.

Plus, when gigging, I like hands free between songs so go with full strap. Large strap buttons can be accommodated - Kala solid acacia one is enormous - I just punched out larger hole on strap end

You don't put any weight on it jeez. And wasn't you who wrote such a glowing review of the Ukestar strap? I mean these straps have been fine in the guitar world, but suddenly we uke players are just delicate little snowflakes. Is it the best strap for all purposes? No. Should you use common sense when using one? Yes. Is it the worst idea ever? No.

jwieties
02-07-2013, 02:27 AM
Well it depends. Have you ever played a sax or can imagine playing one? An alto sax is way heavier than a uke around the neck. Jwieties found a way to make it better for him, but it may not bother you.
This is true. Many people are not bothered at all by the neck support. I should have mentioned that I have some back issues and don't do well with things like laptop bags and back packs. I finds the sling style more comfortable, but Souldier makes a good product. Especially if you want something unique.

DaleR
02-07-2013, 05:30 AM
Each to his own. I still prefer the Kiwaya. I tried them all, except some of the weirder looking set ups. I think it looks hip and compliments the uke.
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bazmaz
02-07-2013, 09:57 AM
You don't put any weight on it jeez. And wasn't you who wrote such a glowing review of the Ukestar strap? I mean these straps have been fine in the guitar world, but suddenly we uke players are just delicate little snowflakes. Is it the best strap for all purposes? No. Should you use common sense when using one? Yes. Is it the worst idea ever? No.

As I said (jeez) I use a full strap as I like to be hands free between songs.

I did write a nice review of the uke star strap. It's very well made, and if you want a hook strap, then I'd prefer people supported a homespun business rather than buying a mass market one.

But hindsight is a wonderful thing, and I don't re write blog posts that old as it wouldn't be right.

I first started with a half strap (I do like those) and if I were just looking for occasional support I'd prob still use that.

But for me, putting a strap button on is no biggie, then a full strap can't be beat. Total support. Total freedom when gigging, adjusting amps, mixer, having a drink, grabbing harmonica etc.

My guitar tops however seem (to me at least) quite a bit more substantial than a ukes.

Plainsong
02-07-2013, 02:01 PM
Yes, and the pressure on those sound holes are even greater due to the extra weight...